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Police: Will County Board attacker strikes at Mokena library

Armella L. Frankowski
Armella L. Frankowski

JOLIET – A woman who allegedly hit a Will County Board member after a recent meeting also might face charges for a confrontation last month at the Mokena Public Library.

Armella L. Frankowski, 79, of the 18900 block of Townline Road in Mokena, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of aggravated battery and one count of battery in the county board case, Special Prosecutor Dave Neal said.

On Dec. 15, board Speaker Jim Moustis was leaving the room after the regular board meeting had ended at the Will County Office Building in Joliet, when Frankowski allegedly struck him. Frankowski has often signed up to speak during the public comment portion of county board meetings and occasionally has shouted during board proceedings, sometimes mentioning Moustis by name.

Moustis filed an order of protection against Frankowski and the attorney general’s office was asked to handle the case because it involves a county official. Neal said Thursday a warrant has been issued for Frankowski’s arrest.

“I am still reviewing another incident [at the library] to determine if charges will be filed,” Neal said.

At 12:31 p.m. Jan. 21, Mokena library staff called police after Frankowski began harassing another patron, Mokena Chief of Police Steven Vaccaro said.

“She was shouting, made racial comments about his Asian descent and was creating a disturbance,” Vaccaro said. “The staff asked her to leave, then officers asked her to leave, she refused and was arrested for trespassing.”

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